Counseling

Often, we see individuals and families experience difficulties processing emotions when a terminal diagnosis has been given. People are overwhelmed with feelings of "could have, would have, and should have." The key to Homestead’s social service counseling is to begin discussions that are important to uniting individuals and families. Understanding each other is essential when life is measured in months, not years.

  • Coping
    • Assist with identifying and strengthening positive coping methods

  • Self-care of caregiver
    • Educate on self-care for caregiver and/or family members
    • Identify self-care opportunities for the caregiver and assist with fulfilling those need

  • Empathetic listening and self-expression
    • Spend time with the patient and family members listening, validating and enhancing their emotional expressions
    • Provide emotional support for the patient and the family to find closure

  • End-of-life goals
    • Empower the patient to discuss topics related to their passing and changes in their physical abilities
    • Discuss end-of-life planning with the family in a dignified manner
    • Identify goals for patient fulfillment by helping them to find meaning and purpose in their life

  • Life review (reliving past memories)
    • Facilitate the expression of emotional and life experiences to help individuals understand the various emotions they will experience
    • Preserve a patient's history so their memories can live on through life reviews

  • Family meetings
    • Facilitate family meetings to discuss a loved one's care and diagnosis
    • Support caregiver meetings with education about the medical diagnosis and where care needs can be expressed
    • Enable participants to interact with each other to ask questions and share feelings about their loved one's diagnosis